Make a new year’s resolution to buy more local food! Join us for a panel discussion on Overcoming Barriers to Eating Locally Grown and Raised Food on Thursday, January 10th from 6 to 8 pm at High Branch Brewery, 325 McGill Ave. Panel members include: Lauren Hill, Horticultural Agent for Cabarrus County; Brent Barbee of Barbee Farms; Wade Holland of Piedmont Farmer’s Market; and Joe Rowland of Rowland’s Row Farm.
And mark your calendar for our February Meet the Farmers event, February 21st from 6 to 8 pm to learn more about CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
Rowan Cabarrus Community College offers from the first time the Family Food Garden Series, a series of 10 different one night classes designed for those who want to learn more about gardening and everything associated with it. Classes are:
- From the Windowsill to the Garden: Starting Plants from Seed
- A Cut Above: Pruning Fruit Trees for Better Health & Production
- Where Can I Plant Tomatoes? Garden Planning for the Complete Beginner
- The Family Food Garden: More Fresh Food from the Home Landscape
- Good Neighbors: Companion Planting for a Healthier Garden
- Something’s Eating My Plants–A Baker’s Dozen of the Most Common Garden Pests
- Go Forth and Multiply: Plant Propagation
- Good Soil: A Gardener’s Guide to Soil Testing
- Leaves Make Great Tomatoes: Home Composting
- An Apple a Day: Fruit Plants for a Healthy Family
Registration is $25 per course. Classes are scheduled once a month on Mondays from 6:30-9:30 pm at Lomax Farm, Concord, NC. For more details see RCCC website.
CCFFC invites friends of the council to join us for our Annual Holiday Party, Thursday, December 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. at High Branch Brewing Company, Concord. Our friends from CFSA and Lomax Farm will be joining us as well. Please bring a dish to share. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing information on our 2019 first-quarter meetings.
The Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held Friday Nov. 9 through Sunday Nov. 11 in Durham, NC. The weekend is full of learning opportunities, with exciting events starting on Friday including half-day intensives and bus tours. Register before 10/17 to save $50. For more details visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association website.
Sustainable Agriculture Conference
You are invited to join others for a morning of community-building projects, including constructing raised beds, working in a pollinator garden, and helping renovate an outdoor meeting area. While you’re at Lomax, take a tour of the farm or take a walk along the trail next to Coldwater Creek. Minors do need to be accompanied by an adult.
Lomax will provide coffee, tea, and snacks in the morning. Immediately following the workday, you are also invited to enjoy a potluck lunch with Carolina Farm Stewardship staff, Lomax farmers, and other volunteers. Please bring your favorite side dish to share if you plan to stay.
Saturday, 10/13 from 9 am – 12 pm
Lomax Incubator Farm
3445 Atando Rd.
CCFFC’s September 13th meeting has been canceled due to hurricane Florence’s approach. We hope everyone stays safe and dry!
CCFFC is excited to announce their first-ever film screening. “Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it, and what must be done to sustain it for generations.” The film showcases agriculture issues facing farmers today such as soil loss and pesticide use, as well as communities coming together to overcome challenges. CCFFC, in partnership with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Agripreneur Academy & Network, Extension Master Gardeners of Cabarrus County, and Concord Wildlife Alliance, will host the screening on Thursday, October 11th at 5:30 pm at the Davis Theater, 65 Union St., Concord. Admission is free; however, preregistration is required at the link. There will also be a raffle at the event.
Agri-tourism can create opportunities for farmers to generate income and strengthen the family farm and its connection to the public. Speakers from the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rowan County Tourism Development Authority will discuss Agri-tourism and how it can benefit farmers and public alike as well as helping to preserve the rural landscape of NC.
This is a joint meeting of the RCCC Agripreneur Academy & Network, CCFFC, and Lomax Farm. The meeting will be held this Thursday, August 16th from 6 to 8:00 pm. at Lomax Farm, 3345 Atando Road, Concord. There is no cost to attend.
Cabarrus County Farm and Food Council now has its own Instagram account! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for the latest news on upcoming meetings and events. Click the link below, or use the link on the homepage of the website.
Also don’t forget to register for the October 11th movie event, Sustainable. There is no cost to attend but preregistration is required.
Children ages 11 to 14 are invited to learn more about modern farming practices at Lomax Incubator Farm, June 25-29, Monday through Friday from 9 am until noon. Campers will learn about farming, while also helping out with daily jobs around the farm. Offered by Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Cost is $179.
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